Journal of Helminthology

Research Papers

Cytochemical studies on the prostate glands of the trematodes, Paramphistomum epiclitum and Paradistomoides orientalis

Usha Kanwara1 and Madhu Kansala1

a1 Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigar-160014, India


Pear-shaped prostatic gland cells which surround the ejaculatory duct of Paramphistomum and Paradistomoides, secrete two types of products: (i) granules which are cytochemically complex containing lipids, proteins and polysaccharides (1:2, glycol groups) and (ii) globules which contain phospholipids only. The cytoplasm of these cells, in addition to high acid phosphatase activity, also contains RNA, proteins and polysaccharides.

(Accepted November 27 1979)